This looks like one of the few times a major Sikh organisation has taken a progressive stance. [hat tip: Rumbold]
Sikh religious leaders have issued an edict to their community to end lavish weddings that involve days of revelry as a measure to discourage dowry demands. By enforcing austere weddings, the Delhi Sikh Temple Management Committee also hopes to prevent the outlawed but growing practice among Sikhs of aborting foetuses discovered to be female.
The Sikhs’ home state of Punjab has 793 females per 1,000 males, the lowest in the country as many female foetuses are aborted following ultrasound tests proscribed by law for several years.
Female foetocide is a huge problem in Punjab. The real problem of course is misogyny and the idea that women are ‘worth less’ than men. I don’t think its possible to deny that the cost of expensive weddings & dowry (which, though outlawed, persists) makes it into an economic issue that impacts how families welcome daughters. This is a good decision, although I don’t see it having much impact here or Canada, where Sikhs are known for massive weddings, simply because Gurudwaras are unlikely to listen until the head committee – the SGPC – says something similar. And they’re about as progressive as George Bush.
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